Some years ago, I listened to a conversation between my instructor and his colleague at a local university. He said to my instructor, “there would come a time when in Liberia we will have more university graduates then less educated people.” This conversation brings us to the educational aspect of our discussion. The poor performance of students in schools –and at the same time the high number of students graduating from schools –both grade schools and universities –the recent mass failure of students in public exams and university entrances are self-evidence to this assertion. Lack of interest to learning on the part of students is causing many students to perform poorly in Liberian schools and evidently this lackadaisical attitude is causing more and more students to flunk in public tests. Many students today do not devote much time to things that do matter most to learning. Instead, they do devote much times to television and the internet which are negatively impacting their lives. Although technological advancement is cardinal to the growth and development of any nation, it is beneficial when it is used for the good of the individual and the society at large. Contrarily, in Liberia today, many students devote most of their time to television, Facebook, Youtube, and the like just for amusement. These and other social media outlets can have adverse effects on the learning of students when they are used latently.Another point –for parents –there are times when their lives are straight as a spear, but instead of letting their children be placed in the hand of God by prayer, to be developed by Him into their unique potential, they try to force them into a particular direction. Some parents overindulge their children, giving them a profusion of wealth. This mistake can be disastrous. Take for example, a classroom teacher once told me some years ago that one of his fifth grade students carried as much as $100USD to school. He then seized the money and contacted the child’s mother to ascertain as to whether she was aware of the money. The mother replied that yes she was the one who gave the student the money for her recess. Some parents even go to the far extreme by giving teachers cash to give their child/children grades that they do not deserve, thereby creating the impression that they love them so much. As these children develop, they become accustomed to this kind of attitude and live with it in the greater society.The teachers have had their own share of this educational debauchery in our society. A lot of times the public is concerned over the poor performance of students. As a result it blames the teachers for ineffectiveness and/or incompetency, as the cause of the mass failure of students. While this assertion might incomprehensive, here is another side of the coin –some of the people today found in the classrooms are not qualified to teach. Being a graduate from high school or university does not make him/her qualified to teach. Teaching is a profession, indeed a noble one; therefore, those who want to teach must be trained to do so, for it is a delusional for today’s graduates who are not trained to teach in the very system that created them.Furthermore, just like the authority of the parents which was strong in the seventies and eighties is now weak and ineffective, so like the authority of the teachers today. Often, teachers are compelled to circumvent the ethical values that guide the profession. This becomes lucid when some school administrators and/or proprietors instruct teachers not to fail too many students as this might scare away students and would-be students, as a decrease in student enrollment means decline in revenue generation. This situation which arguably occurs in the private school system undermines the manifest function of the educational institution of our society.In addition to the foregoing, as we think about why our system of education has become a mess. A former US President once said, “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves –in their separate, and individual capacities.” Putting this into context, it is the responsibility of the Liberian government –and this government –to provide for its citizen’s quality education. But it had failed to provide conducive, learning environment for this generation. For example, government institutions lack modern learning facilities –equipped laboratories and libraries as well as internet connectivity just to name a few. The fact that government itself lacks these essentials makes her unable to mandate private institutions to have them, thus creating an education gap between the old and the young. As I summed up this discussion, what we –your generation and my –must do now is to discover who we really are, where we come from, where we are, and how we got here. When this is done, honestly, we can then get out of where we are and move forward. We need to understand and accept why our generation as an extraordinary and different from all that have gone before it. For example, it got us into the longest and most devastating civil war, it has created a society with so much crime in it that the streets are no longer safe for decent people, and worse of all, our ‘institutions’––do almost nothing to improve conditions.In concluding this discussion, I am going to say one final thing which many (old and young) may not agree with. We are made to always stick-on to illusion. By this we are made to believe that by changing leaderships we will make Liberia a better place to live –utopia. Yet the world does need changing, society needs changing, the nation needs changing, but under this sky, we are never going to change it until we ourselves are changed. And we are never going to change until we look into the mirror of ourselves, and face the reality with honesty, what we really are inside, and accept change. Until that happens, our effort to ride our society of social problems would be like migrants travelling in a little boat that cannot get beyond shallow water and ill-luck.An African proverb says: ‘The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It’s already becoming a busy transfer window for QPR.West London Sport revealed on Monday that Tjaronn Chery is set to leave the club after asking for a move – and today revealed that it is because he is set to move to China.The midfielder is not the only player who could be on his way out of Loftus Road.Veteran midfielder Karl Henry has been told he can leave following a fall-out with boss Ian Holloway.And Rangers will listen to offers for striker Sebastian Polter, who is looking to return to Germany this month.Embed from Getty ImagesHolloway is keen to bring in new faces – and QPR are targeting a deal to sign winger Kazenga LuaLua on loan from Championship leaders Brighton.Meanwhile, the R’s have signed defender Ethan Kaiser, 17, from non-League Carshalton Athletic. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Photo: Delta. Governments have been warned that any move to regulate overbooking practices on airlines could raise ticket prices.The International Air Transport Association warned that lawmakers and regulators should not get caught up in the “groundswell of outrage” following the forced removal of 69-year-old Dr David Dao from a United Express flight so staff could take his seat.IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said everyone, including United, agreed there was no justification for what happened to Dao and the airline’s chief executive had repeatedly apologised.“The video was so shocking that it would be easy for lawmakers and regulators to get caught up in this groundswell of outrage and take steps to limit overselling of flights,’’ de Juniac said. “However, the management of overbooking has actually worked well for decades.“It ensures that scarce capacity is efficiently utilized; we see that in today’s record load factors. Overbooking helps airlines avoid empty seats, and that helps to keep costs—and fares—low.“Governments have acknowledged that this ultimately benefits consumers. “De Juniac said any industry level change should involve transparent fact-based dialogue between industry and regulators.“We must be careful to not risk undoing the many benefits unleashed by the competitive forces of deregulation,” he said.The comments come as legislators in the US are threatening to introduce bills addressing issues such as overbooking and airline earlier this week faced a congressional committee looking at passenger rights. A number of US carriers, including United, have pledged to address the issue voluntarily.The increased focus has also seen a spate of media and social media reports about passengers claiming they are being mistreated by airlines.The latest of these saw Delta Air Lines apologise to a Californian family after they were removed from a plane in Hawaii after they refused to give up a seat they had bought for a son was not travelling with them but was occupied by his two-year-old brother.The family claimed a flight attendant told them the mother faced jail and their children would be taken from them unless they gave up the seat.They disembarked from the redeye service to Los Angeles and were forced to find a hotel and book another flight the next day at a cost of $US2000.“We are sorry for the unfortunate experience our customers had with Delta, and we’ve reached out to them to refund their travel and provide additional compensation,’’ the airline said.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.